Research News about Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels are common in allergy and asthma sufferers.

Allergies are affected by Levels of Vitamin D

Most studies have connected increased risk of allergies to changes in the immune system from this loss of Vitamin D. Low vitamin D slows immune systems “mast cell” activation which suppresses the ability for the body to release histamine.

Histamine helps body to address allergy symptoms.

Research has shown that pregnant women who have taken supplements of Vitamin D significantly reduce the occurrence of asthma and allergy reactions in their children.

Even prevalence of food allergies have increased dramatically in the past ten years in Western countries.  As these allergies increased so has Vitamin D levels decreased.

There are about 10% higher rates in children under 12 months old being diagnosed of food allergies.

Until further studies can prove that Vitamin D can reverse food allergies; we can say that an effective vitamin D level will protect against developing food allergies.

Low Vitamin D raises Risk of MS

Higher levels of vitamin D helps prevent auto-immune disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, which is found most common in these higher latitudes.

People living in higher latitudes where sunlight is limited have decreased vitamin D.  In many published studies Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for proper immune function.

In a study by Kassandra Munger, ScD, of Harvard University and her colleagues in Finland, found that if a pregnant woman had a severe deficiency of Vitamin D, then it raises risk of MS for her children. Actually it could double the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis disease.

Ensure you have adequate amounts of vitamin D; make sure that you get adequate sun exposure and intake of foods high in Vitamin D.

Recommended dosages to improve Vitamin D are generally 5,000 IU per day. This is a good amount for general use.

 

Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant.  Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.